„Farm to fork“ strategy

The Commission presented the 'farm to fork' strategy in May 2020, as one of the key actions under the European Green Deal. Contributing to achieving climate neutrality by 2050, the strategy intends to shift the current EU food system towards a sustainable model.

While recalling food security and safety as priorities, the strategy's main goals are to:

  • • ensure sufficient, affordable and nutritious food within planetary limits
  • • halve the use of pesticides and fertilisers and sales of antimicrobial
  • • increase the amount of land devoted to organic farming
  • • promote more sustainable food consumption and healthy diets
  • • reduce food loss and waste
  • • combat food fraud in the supply chain
  • • improve animal welfare

Europe Direct Karlovac, in cooperation with Prirodoslavna škola Karlovac, has organised planting of fruit trees. The aim of that event itself was to emphasize the importance of sustainability, but also the importance of self-sufficiency of food in Europe. The event took place on November 10th 2021 in the orchard of Prirodoslovna škola Karlovac. Senior students held a short demonstration for their fellow colleagues on how to plant a tree; so that freshmen would know how to do it themselves. Apple, plum and pear trees were planted; all highly suitable species for this climate. The message that Europe Direct Karlovac wanted to spread was that European strategy can be carried out and also that it can be applied on regional, and local, level. Our obligation is to inform general public, but the emphasis should always be on youth – seeing as they are our future holders.

Source: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/hr/policies/from-farm-to-fork/


Announcement of the performance on cyberbullying "(DIS)LIKE"

On December 9, 2021, a press conference was held at the City Theater Zorin dom on the occasion of announcing a play on cyberbullying called (DIS)LIKE. press conference

The play was conceived and made by the actors of the City Theater Zorin dom in Karlovac and is intended for students and teaching staff. The play will be presented in December this year in primary schools in the area of Karlovac and Duga Resa. The first play is planned for Monday, December 13 at the "Vladimir Nazor" elementary school in Duga Resa.
The play will be realized with the support and cooperation of Karlovac County with the City Theater Zorin dom in Karlovac and the Karlovac Police Department. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Karlovac and the Europe Direct Center Karlovac also supported the implementation of this activity.
By participating in this activity, the Police Administration of Karlovac, through preventive activities, participates in the education of young people on Internet safety and social networks. All in order to raise awareness of society and youth about violence via the Internet and to reduce and combat such violence.
The idea for the play came to show children, but also parents, how to behave safely on the Internet in an understandable way. It is also advised that children do not come into contact with strangers and do not open unfamiliar websites. We hope that the play will get a good result and that it will make children aware, as well as reduce the possibility of them becoming victims of crime.

Open days of EU projects in Karlovac County 2021

Public Institution Regional Development Agency of Karlovac County once again joined the celebration of the Open Day of EU projects; an event that from 20th to 30th November is regularly organized by the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds. The goal of the "Open Day of EU projects" is to present to the general public projects that have contributed to the development of local communities in all life areas.

Due to epidemiological measures, Public Institution Regional Development Agency of Karlovac County organized the recording of a television show, and in cooperation with Trend Television, recording of a TV debate, where they talked about projects implemented and prepared in Karlovac County, as well as their contribution to better life of citizens and wider community, which is the ultimate goal of European Union cohesion policy.

Karlovac County Prefect Martina Furdek Hajdin, Karlovac Mayor Damir Mandić, General Manager of Hrvatske vode Zoran Đuroković and JURRA Deputy Director Krunoslav Kralj took part in the TV debate. Also, several videos were recorded on a number of successfully completed projects; from Wastewater Treatment Plant to Aquatika, as well as on projects that are being implemented or are being prepared/implemented, such as Nikola Tesla Business Center, Regional Competence Center, Edison Cinema Renovation project and hot water pipeline renovation which is also a strategic project of the future called GeotermiKa. Also, there was talk of large state projects that will protect citizens in the long term from floods in the Ogulin and Karlovac area. Tomislav Sokol, a member of the European Parliament, also expressed his views on how successful Karlovac County is in withdrawing money from EU funds.

Link to TV show:
Source: https://www.ra-kazup.hr/dani-otvorenih-vrata-eu-projekata/

The future of the EU and the goals for young people — what’s there for us?

On December 9th 2021 Europe Direct Karlovac, in cooperation with Carpe Diem Association and Gimnazija Karlovac, is organizing a debate on the topic "The future of the EU and the goals for young people - what is there for us?"

The Conference on the Future of Europe is a unique and timely opportunity for European citizens to debate on Europe’s challenges and priorities. No matter where you are from or what you do, this is the place to think about what future you want for the European Union.

Students, young audiences and representatives of EU institutions will discuss the importance of an inclusive society - volunteering, well-being and the impact on mental health - topics that are very much in focus; especially because of the consequences of the pandemic. They will also discuss the relevance of youth organizations, but also EU programs - how to encourage young people to be better informed about all the opportunities offered to them through EU programs and youth organizations and what may be their role in shaping the future of the European Union.

The discussion will be of a combined type - online and live, taking into account epidemiological measures.

For particpating in the discussion, please register in the following adress: europedirectkarlovac@ra-kazup.hr before 8.12.2021

More information about the discussion is available at the following link: https://futureu.europa.eu/processes/Education/f/37/meetings/90586?locale=en

European Christmas Tree Decoration Exchange 2021

European Christmas Tree Decoration Exchange 2021 je 2021 is a cultural exchange project where primary schoolchildren make Christmas tree decorations to send to other schools across Europe. Pupils also send a presentation about how Christmas is celebrated in their community.

Pupils learn all about the geography of our continent and are introduced to cultural differences and similarities. ICT and foreign language skills are also developed.

The aim of this project is that young people in primary schools learn about other countries in Europe through a creative and fun activity. Each school learns about their own culture and traditions through making their decorations and putting together an information pack on Christmas in their region and also discovers other European cultures and traditions.

It is expected of each school that they use the decorations they received from partners to decorate a Christmas tree in a prominent area in their school or local community.

Europe Direct centres were in charged of recruiting schools; therefore, Europe Direct Karlovac has recruited seven primary schools from Karlovac County to take part in the project.

Primary school Banija, Primary school Barilović, Branch school Cerovac Vukmanički, Primary school Cetingrad, Primary school “Vladimir Nazor” Duga Resa, Primary school Grabrik and Primary school Turanj expressed their wish to participate in the present exchange programme. All schools were arranged into groups of 30 schools, contained of schools all around Europe, therefore every school had to prepare sets of 29 Christmas decorations.

The schools were, also, offered financial help regarding postage costs.

It was planned that all schools receive their packages by December 6th 2021, so that the preparations for decorating Christmas trees could begin on time.

                    Primary school Banija Primary school Barilović Primary school Cetingrad

                   Primary school Grabrik Primary school “Vladimir Nazor” Duga Resa Branch school Vukmanićki Cerovac

European Committee of the Regions- What it is and what does it do?

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the voice of regions and cities in the European Union (EU) which represents local and regional authorities across the European Union and advises on new laws that have an impact on regions and cities (70% of all EU legislation).

The CoR is a political assembly composed of 329   members  i 329 alternates from all EU countries (grouped by political party and headed by headed by the President)headed by the President) who have been elected at local or regional level (for example as Mayors or Presidents of a region). They come to Brussels up to six times a year to debate their opinions  on proposed legislation and agree on resolutions for further action by the EU.

Political priorities 2020-2025 of the CoR are:

Priority 1 – bringing Europe closer to people: democracy and the future of the EU

Rethinking how democracy works today and how it must be modernised in the future in order for the European Union to answer more efficiently people's needs

Priority 2 – managing fundamental societal transformations: building resilient regional and local communities

Responding to the major transformations our regions, cities and towns are facing today through a coherent, integrated and local European approach.

Priority 3 – cohesion, our fundamental value: place-based EU policies

Putting the EU at the service of its people and their places of living; cohesion is not money, it is our fundamental EU value. kohezija nije novac već naša temeljna vrijednost EU-a.

More info about this year's assessment of the state of European regions and cities can be found here: https://cor.europa.eu/hr/our-work/Pages/EURegionalBarometer-2021.aspx

Source: https://cor.europa.eu/hr/about/Pages/default.aspx


On October 14th 2021 the Commission has adopted a formal proposal for 2022 to be declared the European Year of Youth. Europe needs a vision, involvement and participation of all young people in building a better future – future that is greener, more digital and more inclusive.

The Commission is currently developing its program of activities and intends to invite all stakeholders to contribute their ideas and suggestions. In the coming days, a survey will be launched on the youth portal for this purpose. The Commission, together with other EU institutions, Member States, civil society organizations and young people, will organize a range of activities throughout the year to consider new initiatives. These activities will cover the issues that occupy young people the most, in line with the priorities set out in the youth objectives, such as equality and inclusion, sustainability, mental health and well-being, and quality employment. Young people from outside the EU will also take part in them.

The Commission is inviting all Member States to appoint a national coordinator to be responsible for organizing their participation in the European Year of Youth.

Events and first activities should start in January.

The European Year of Youth will be closely linked to the successful implementation of the NextGenerationEU instrument, which will open up new perspectives for young people, including quality jobs, education and training opportunities for the future Europe, also, youth participation in society will be supported.The European Year of Youth will seek to achieve synergies and complementarities with other Union youth programs under different policies.

EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027 is a framework for cooperation in the field of youth policy. It supports the participation of young people in democratic life and seeks to ensure that all young people participate in society.

Finally, the Conference on the Future of Europe, which will also draw its own conclusions in 2022, is an opportunity to hear the views and opinions of young people. Young people also make up a third of the participants in European Citizens' Panels and panel representatives at the plenary assemblies of the conference, in which the President of the European Youth Forum also participates.

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/croatia/news/commission_kick_starts_work_to_make_2022_the_european_year_of_youth_hr

The European Commission disbursed in September 2021 pre-financing funds in the amount of EUR 818 million to Croatia

The European Commission has 28.09.2021. disbursed 818m euros to Croatia for pre-financing under the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism (RRF) of the Next Generation EU program. This amount represents 13% of the total amount of funds earmarked for Croatia under this new mechanism.

Croatia will receive a total of 6.3 billion euros. The European Commission will approve further payments based on the implementation of investments and reforms set out in Croatia's recovery and resilience plan.

The Croatian plan is part of the EU's unique response to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, in order for the Union to emerge stronger from the crisis by fostering a green and digital transition and strengthening the resilience and cohesion of our societies.

Support is recognized for key transformative investments and reform projects, but not for “traditional” projects.

The RRF finances investment and reform projects that should strongly transform the Croatian economy and society. Among the main goals are: ensuring a green transition, supporting the digital transition, strengthening economic and social resilience.

President Ursula von der Leyen said on the occasion of the payment to Croatia stated: I am happy that Croatia will receive its first 818 million euros from the NextGenerationEU instrument. Croatia should receive a total of 6.3 billion euros, making it the largest recipient of funds from the Mechanism for Recovery and Resilience. The plan will support key measures that will contribute to building a greener and more digital future for all Croatian citizens. These include reforms and investments that promote energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and better connectivity, improve the digitalisation of the public and private sectors, and increase the efficiency of the judiciary. We are ready to help Croatia ensure the full implementation of the measures included in this ambitious plan.”

We remind you that Karlovac County, with the assistance of the Regional Development Agency of Karlovac County, since August 2020 has been actively involved in the preparation of priority projects for possible funding and within this mechanism and at the end of 2020, sent a list of 29 project proposals to the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds.


More info can be found at: https://ec.europa.eu/croatia/news/nextgenerationeu_european_commission_disburses_pre_financing_payment_to_croatia_hr


European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register plastic bottle recycling initiative "Let's return plastic"

On Friday, European Commission decided to register a European Citizens 'Initiative entitled "Returning Plastics: A Citizens' Initiative to Introduce a Reimbursable Fee System for Plastic Bottle Recycling at EU Level" (ReturnthePlastics). The organizers of the initiative call on the Commission to adopt a proposal for: introduction of a refund system for recycling plastic bottles at EU level, encouraging all EU Member States to introduce packaging acceptance devices in supermarkets (retail chains) that sell plastic bottles to recycle plastic bottles purchased and used by the consumer and the introduction of a plastic tax for companies producing plastic bottles, which will cover the costs of recycling and refundable systems for plastic bottles (according to the "polluter pays" principle). The Commission considers that the initiative is legally permissible because it meets the prescribed conditions, and has not yet examined its content. More information is available in an online press release - https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/hr/ip_21_4182

Agriculture: Commission adopted measures to strengthen financial support to farmers

The European Commission today adopted a measure allowing farmers to receive higher advances under the Common Agricultural Policy. The measure will increase the flow of money to European farmers affected by COVID-19 and adverse weather conditions. Some regions were affected, for example, by floods. The Commission's measure will allow Member States to pay a higher advance on income support and some rural development programs, up to a maximum of 70% (50% so far) of direct payments and 85% (75% so far) of rural development payments. Measures to protect the EU budget are still valid, so these payments will be made after the verification, ie from 16 October 2021 for direct payments. For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission has provided assistance to the agri-food sector through flexibility and targeted market measures.

More information is available at https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/commission-adopts-measure-increase-cash-flow-farmers-2021-aug-04_en